Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dark Knight Rises casting call?

Apparently it's known that Magnus Rex is the working title for Dark Knight Rises. There's a casting call right down the street from where I was planning on being Sunday afternoon:

A Warner Bros. Film requires extras to play as Victims and Perpetrators
within a city besieged by crime and corruption. Take part in the urban action
adventure ripping through the streets of Los Angeles from August through October 2011.

Sun. July 31st, 2011
10am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm

the Sportmen’s Lodge Event Center
4234 Coldwater Canyon
Studio City, CA 91604
Free Parking
Use the Coldwater Canyon Entrance, please

Men and Women
ages 18 and over.
ALL ethnicities!!!!
No experience necessary!

Some specific types we are looking for are:
Prisoners/Thugs, Guards, Police Officers, Business men & women
ALL types are needed!!

Baby red panda

Baby red pandas being weighed. Via.

Link roundup

1. "Nineteen years ago three men had the idea of a regular lunch club for crime experts that would try to solve some of the United States' most baffling homicides. The Vidocq Society has now been instrumental in solving hundreds of crimes." Via.

2. On set photographs of Bane will dull your enthusiasm for The Dark Knight Rises.

3. "Inspections by New York's Department of Consumer Affairs found that two-thirds of the supermarkets they visited were overcharging customers at the checkout counter."

*Buy Batman Lego minifigs at eBay.

Image roundup

Map explains countries' names.

Decaying castle.

Giving a koala a drink.

Two-headed turtle.

"The general's pet on my last deployment."

Portal fan art

Chell by Andy Helms.

*Previously: Portal paper toy.

Documentary about the rise of cricket in the Caribbean

Two videos about Fire in Babylon:

An inspiring triumph against the odds story of the West Indies cricket team - transformed from underdogs pummelled by their rivals Australia and England into being world class and unbeaten for 15 years. They were the first all black sports team who enjoyed such a glorious winning streak: their story sits alongside the likes of Ali and Jesse Owens as a sporting triumph that also struck an enormous blow against racism and inequality.

Janée Meadows is selling prints of her Cowboys & Aliens poster for Mondo

Janée Meadows:

My Story

After my retro-inspired movie posters caught the attention of film director Jon Favreau and screenplay writer Damon Lindelof on Twitter my artwork rocketed into the blog-o-sphere and beyond! I received an outpouring of requests for the poster from folks around the world.

Now, I'm selling 500 limited edition signed 18x24" silkscreen prints of the "Day Version" along with special LP 7" pressed blue vinyl with a "Night Version" sleeve; featuring the music of Golden State. Songs include: "High Noon" and "Lightspeed" from their 2011 debut album "Division."

Here's The Catch

The way this Indiegogo fundraiser works is I have to meet my goal and sell all 500 or else nobody gets nothing. So, to make sure that doesn't happen; use Indiegogo's simple share tools to spread the word! Let's make this go super-mega-nova so I can get my bike's flat tire fixed and pay off dang student loans!
$50 for both.

*Buy Mondo posters at eBay.

Illustration roundup

The Land that Time Forgot by Justin Parpan.

Business card by Mattson Creative for Natalie Ebnet.


Inner Child by Nicolas Duffaut.

Above the Terminal by Jonathan Viner on sale here. Via.

*Buy The Land that Time Forgot posters at eBay.

Link roundup

1. Salt water shrimp farm in the middle of the desert in Las Vegas. Via.

2. Two conflicting posts I read yesterday - - A. All able adults work, so there's a growing job market for sophisticated assistants like yoga instructors, artisanal cheese makers, travel agents, etc (because people don't have time to do that stuff themselves anymore). B. Two income families will increasingly realize that it's foolish to work two jobs and give away the second salary in taxes, so they'll turn into one-income families. (My family came to that conclusion.)

3. A look at summer camps for rich kids - - well, specifically, a look at how rich kids increasingly arrive at summer camps by private plane. Via.

Lego warrior

"CEC Königlich Teuton" by Lord Dane.

Image roundup



Creepy neighbor.

Game of Thrones cast in street clothes.

Pedicab Game of Thrones ad.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Pygmy Slow Loris Twins

Pygmy Slow Loris Twins.

*Previously: Slow Loris really likes his tiny umbrella.


"Meowtron" by Mark James Yamamoto on sale here. Via.

*Previously: Voltron Munny.

Link roundup

1. Trying to take a Yo Gabba Gabba character surfing.

2. Grant Theft Auto IV modded to allow Superman to fly through the city. Via.

3. Flying drone cracks Wi-Fi networks and impersonates cell phone towers (so your cell phone is tricked into connecting to it (and being recorded) instead of a legit tower). Via.

*Buy Yo Gabba Gabba! toys at eBay.

Chubby Lego fighter plane

Chubby Lego fighter plane by Rod Gillies.

*Buy Lego minifigs at eBay.

Death Star dress print

Death Star and Millennium Falcon dresses print by Robin Kaplan, who has various prints on sale at Etsy. The print inspired the Death Star dress.

New Star Wars: The Old Republic footage

13 minutes of gameplay from Star Wars: The Old Republic, featuring a mission called The Esseles. This is the best gameplay video yet - - there's a delightfully chubby NPC at the beginning, and a truly despicable moral choice halfway through. (And lots of Mandalorians.) Via.

*Buy KOTOR toys at eBay.

Tron Uprising footage and concept art

New Tron Uprising footage and concept art. Via these sites.

*Buy Neca Tron toys at eBay.

Death Star dress, Speeder Bike overalls

Here's a better photograph of Jennifer Landa’s Death Star dress (which I posted a few days ago).

And via Jennifer, here's speeder bike cosplay.

Link roundup

1. The five finalists in the Bioshock Infinite t-shirt design contest.

2. "Use seawater or vinegar to treat jellyfish stings, not urine."

3. "Artist EVOL Installs Miniature City Underneath Grassy Field."

4. Jess Nevins's Annotations to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume III Chapter Two, a.k.a. Century: 1969 (10% off at TFAW).

Magnified Oreo cookie

Part of of a series of magnified photographs by Caren Alpert. Via.

*Previously: Very stuffed Oreo.

Lego Batmobile and Batcave

Lego Batmobile and Batcave by Alex "Orion Pax" Schranz.

*See more Batmobiles here.

Cthulhu Munny

Cthulhu Munny by Melita Curphy on sale here.

*See more Munnys at Toycutter.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lego S-Wing fighter

S-Wing fighter by Angus MacLane for the FBTB Alphabet Fighter Contest.

*Buy Lego minifigs at eBay.

Link roundup

1. A look at the WIP sculpture that will be Neca's Gordon Freeman action figure.

2. Driving in Nigeria:

Seeking to stem an epidemic of wrong-way driving, Lagos authorities have ratcheted up the standard $160 fine. Scofflaws now also face psychiatric evaluations. Contesting the charge can jack up the fine to $1,600—and you still get sent to a shrink.
And there's much more lunacy. Via.

3. "No Budget Indie Film Has Grossed $200K in iTunes Sales."

Kid's book with color-changing ink

Video showing off Keep Our Secrets, by Jordan Crane and McSweeney's, featuring color-changing ink. Available for preorder for $8 at B&N. Via.

Image roundup (and one video)

Valve mascot cosplay.

Man-eating bus.

Emma Stone (and Jimmy Fallon and the entire studio audience) vs. the shake weight.

Chimp feeding a tiger cub.

Gas Mask Tourism on the Izu Islands. Via.